Heart In Focus Seminary Starting May 6th
Matthew 6:20-21 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
For 3 Wednesdays, beginning May 6th at 6:00 PM, we will hold a “Heart in Focus” seminar. This is a good opportunity to re-evaluate your finances and to refocus your priorities. This is a good opportunity for you to be reminded of what the Lord has to say to us as he guides us in the use of the physical blessings he has entrusted to our care. Make plans to join us. Please speak with pastor if you plan to attend, so that we can have sufficient materials available.
“Heart in Focus” is a faith focused financial course. This is a Bible study that directs us to focus our attention on what is truly most important to us in financial matters. It offers some practical suggestions and helps for managing finances, so that we might be better stewards of all that God has entrusted to our care. It teaches us what God has to say about our finances and how following God’s word and keeping our heart in focus leads to contentment and joy.
When it comes to how I spend my money, so often I am tempted to spend on those little conveniences that I don’t really need. How easy it can be to spend a little here and little there on things that aren’t important or needed because it’s convenient or appeals to me right now, and then to have that affect things in our life that are truly important to us. And often it’s not just our relationship with the Lord that suffers, but other “important” things in our lives receive less attention than we desire.
The problem is one of priorities. How easily our priorities get messed up. How easily our lives get out of focus, and rather than putting our time and effort into what is truly important, we lose focus on those things and become distracted by all sorts of lesser things. At the heart of the problem is sin. Our sinful flesh, against which we struggle, is by its very nature selfish and concerned only about my comfort and convenience right now. How our materialistic society and how advertisers appeal to my sinful flesh! “You deserve this.” “If only you had that, then you would really be happy.” My sinful flesh is quick to agree. How often I am led to satisfy the desires of my flesh. The result is that the Lord and his Word gets put aside; offerings to the Lord fail to reflect his love for us; and we become unhappy and fail to be content with what we have.
The solution is found in Christ Jesus and his Word. Our Savior triumphed over sin. He did that as our substitute. His death on the cross paid for all of our sin. His resurrection assures us of eternal life in heaven. Those facts change my priorities. They put the things of this world into proper perspective. They help me to understand what is truly important and to make those things my priority. I’m not living just for the moment. My focus is not on this life and the things of this world. My true and lasting treasure is in heaven and it already belongs to me.
With that fact, the apostle Paul could write, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:12,13).” Contentment does not come naturally. It is a secret revealed to us by the Lord. It is given by the Holy Spirit as he works in my heart through his Word. I have the treasure of heaven. My loving Savior has promised to always be with me and provide for me in this life. With that, I can be content. May the Lord continue to teach us contentment. Forgiven by the Lord and motivated by his love, work to live in contentment, work to keep your priorities in proper order and to keep your heart and life focused on what is truly important.
Pastor Michael D. Neumann